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Switching Skincare: Yes or No?

Updated: Oct 22, 2021

Many of us tend to switch around skincare products in hopes of finally landing the one.

Everyone’s skin is different, so even if a product is highly raved or recommended, it may not be the best solution for your skin. The occasional drops may also be tempting for you to try, especially if it’s trending and all your friends are gushing over it.

Some people are also hooked on playing with products and testing out all the fabulous new options - essentially playing the field.

However, as attractive as they are, it’s not ideal to switch your skincare products too often. In this article, we’ll explain why.

Results Take Time

As much as advertisements and the labels on packaging show this, seeing obvious results from a new skincare product doesn’t happen instantly.

Each new skincare product requires around one to two months minimally for you to observe a change because the average cell turnover is 28 days. Of course, this depends on the product itself, and whether you’re using it consistently on a daily basis.

Some products may deliver a quicker benefit, but their effects may only be short-lived. Products like our Vitamin C Moisture Cream that has ingredients like Vitamin C, for example, may experience a longer period of time before it shows a visible effect. This is because Vitamin C impedes the production of melanin.

Being experimental and changing your skincare products frequently means that you’re not giving them a chance to show results. Your skin also has an adjustment period that it needs to settle down into the new product and actually deliver results.

If you switch between skincare products that contain the same active ingredients, like our Hyaluronic Acid Silk Mask for another, it has a reduced likelihood of interrupting your progress. Despite this, it’s still best to avoid switching your skincare products before you’ve given them a real chance to work.

When You Actually Need to Change Your Skincare Products

Let’s be practical; there will be times where you feel the need to change your skincare products. It’s still good to keep an open mindset about trying new formulations, like switching from chemical-based products to natural and plant-based options.

Here are some such scenarios:

Moving to a Different Climate

Singapore’s hot all-year-round, but what if you suddenly make the switch and decide to live in another country for a while? What if that country experiences different seasons, or is primarily colder?

The environment around you plays a big role in your skin’s health. If you move somewhere that has a different climate or extreme seasonal changes, your current skincare products may no longer work.

Hormonal Changes

Pregnant women or those trying to get pregnant may see hormonal shifts, and it’s not just crying more easily or feeling more emotional all the time.

Certain skincare product ingredients may be harmful if you’re going through this stage, and you may have to change them for you and your baby’s safety.


Our body changes as we age. What you see today may not be what you see decades later. As people age, they lose more and more oil, and even start to become sensitive to certain products, or the weather.

Intense Skin Reaction

While some reddening or sensitivity may indicate a product trying to work its way, it can also be a key sign that you should stop what you’re using and figure out what’s going on.

This is especially so if you’re experiencing severe skin reactions or side effects that are giving you a hard time.

Adding a New Product Needs Time and Care

If you must, it’s advised to introduce a new skincare product into your routine one at a time. You should also give it at least one month before you switch it out to another.

If you feel that the product is irritating your skin, check with our skincare specialist at +6585003796. for a professional opinion, or stop using it for a while.

Some forms of irritation may be normal when it comes to ingredients like retinoids or alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs). However, it may not definitely be a sign that the skincare product is good for your skin either. If you’re unsure, ask a professional for help.

The Bottom Line

Even if your skincare product isn’t working miracles for you at the moment, it doesn’t mean that you can’t use it. As long as it’s not giving you terrible rashes or causing severe reactions, it’s fine to continue usage. Give your products a chance to shine!

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